The American Revolutionary War was a war fought from 1775-1783, also known as the American War of Independence, between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the thirteen colonies. The colonies wanted independence and free from British rule. In order to gain their independence the colonies had to fight for it. There were many events leading up to the revolutionary war but the Stamp Act and Sugar Act had its impact. These two acts are a part of what got the conflict started between Great Britain and America; The Sugar Act, was a law that imposed taxes on certain imports and the Stamp Act, is a law that levied new excise taxes. The colonist posed such strong opposition against the taxes the British government were implemented that it was
This essay focuses on the appropriate action of the colonists in response to taxation imposed by the British crown. During the American Revolution, a series of laws were approved during 1763 to 1775 to control trade. Not only did the legislation caused a lot of chaos between the American colonists and the British government, but also there were certain events that led up to taxation. The occurrences were the British crown views on the taxation, and the reaction of the colonies in response to the taxation that was imposed by the British Government.
The Stamp Act of 1765 was a tax passed by Parliament on March 22, 1765 hence leading all documents and printed materials sold in the American Colonies to be levied. The Stamp Act was called such due to the obligatory stamp or seal put on the paper by officials as proof you paid the tax. This tax came to be due to the massive debt Britain obtained from the Seven Years War with the French, therefore leading Britain to tax the colonists considering the colonists were the ones benefiting the most after conflict with French and American colonists over property claims ceased. The idea was first proposed by Britain 's first lord of the treasury and prime minister, George Grenville, and was passed without debate. This angered the colonists who claimed
From 1765 to 1767, the British government passed laws in an effort to assert an authority over the colonies and colonists. These laws consisted of, but not limited to, the Stamp Act, The Declaratory Act, and the Townshend Acts. The passing of each of these laws did not result in a positive response from the colonies. The first of these acts that was passed was the Stamp Act.
In the American colonies between 1763 and 1775, a burning desire for freedom and to rid themselves of the perpetual taxation sparked within the aggravated colonists; leading to the people of the thirteen colonies to declare their separation from Great Britain.
The American Revolution was a very pivotal point in the history of the United States of America. Tensions were building between the colonists of the new world and the British. The British attempted to raise taxes in the colonies causing angry resistance from the colonists. Resistance from the colonies led to violence in 1770 provoking the British Parliament to pass a series of acts to reassert imperial authority in the colonies. By June of 1776 the war was in full swing. The colonies declared independence on July 4, 1776. The colonies were fighting the war for their independance.
The first event that occurred was the Enlightenment. It occurred through the years of around 1650 to about 1700. The enlightenment opened up the eyes and the minds of the people living in the British colonies in America. The enlightenment changed the way people were thinking and gave them a sense of freedom and individualism, in this case, individualizing them selves from their British rulers. There was not much revolutionary action but the impact that John Locke’s enlightenment ideas had on people started unraveling events, one after the other to eventually lead to the revolution. His enlightenment ideas were that people had Natural rights. This meant that every person has natural rights that don’t need to be given to them by a government
The Stamp Act, was the first direct tax on the American colonies. Every legal document had to be written on specially stamped paper. If it was not written on this paper than it would not be recognized as legal in a court of law. There had to be proof of tax payment on many things, like newspaper, dice, and playing cards. The colonist didn’t think this was fair, so they enacted widespread boycotts of the British goods. Because of the boycotting of the British goods British merchants did not make much money, so the Stamp Act was canceled the following year.
However, a new law was put into place by Parliament that put taxes on all imports to the colonies. All of the acts, which included the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Quartering Act, Declaratory Act, Townshend Acts, Tea Act and Intolerable Acts, caused the colonists stress and built up their anger and resentment toward the British government (Cayton 113). As the tension built, the colonists chanted “No taxation without representation,” which meant that the colonies should not be taxed because they did not have anyone in Parliament speaking for them. The colonists did this because they felt it was discriminative to put taxes on them without representation for them in Parliament. One of the taxes, called the Stamp Act, affected all the colonists. This law put a tax on newspapers and other printed materials. It required that an official government stamp was supposed to be on all of these items. This tax was supposed to raise enough money to pay the cost of keeping British troops in America (Cayton 111). The colonists get angrier and angrier as more laws are forced on them. However, taxation continued after the Stamp Act was repealed, and other acts were put into place. Then, the colonists started violently acting out which led to the Boston Massacre- a street fight against the colonists and the British
The Stamp Act was put into place between the years of 1756-1766. This meant that now paper items were taxed.The news of the act angered the colonists. They were angry because they had no say
When Britain first passed the Stamp Act colonists began to revolt and went into great upheaval. Colonists didn’t like the idea of being taxed by a country thousands of miles away, and the phrase: “no taxation without representation”, became popular. The colonists eventually got this tax repealed in 1766, one year after its creation. Almost right after the cancellation of the Stamp Act, another set of taxes called the Townshend Acts were put into place. The Townshend Acts placed many materials under tax, objects such as lead, paints, glass, paper, and tea was taxed. These unfair taxes support the claim of America’s justification in declaring independence by showing Britain's unrelenting efforts to gain money from the colonists. Britain
Have you wonder how this country got independence? Well, what got usindependence was, French and Indian war, Pontiac rebellion, proclamation of 1763, the sugar act, the stamp act, declaratory act, Townsend act, the Boston massacre, the Boston tea party, and finally the intolerable help led us up to the revolutionary war. But, it all began with the navigation act of 1660. The Navigation act of 1660 was a parliament passed by the British. It limited the colonies trade by using a system of mercantilism. But, number one it forbade the colonist to trade certain items like the following, sugar and cotton with any other countries, besides England itself. But, that not all the colonies only had to use England ships to transport goods,
Between 1770 and 1790, the colonists toss off the British rule to create a new nation and an essential form of government based on the idea that people have their own rights to govern themselves. The American Revolution was started from many causes that included major battles, such as the Boston Tea Party, the battle of Concord & Lexington. There are much more causes that led to this.
In 1763 after the treaty between the French and British had been signed, many aspect of the British empire had undergone great change. Britain faced three significant decisions in the reorganization of the colonies. Britain now had new land across the Appalachian Mountains, but the Indians still considered that their. When the colonists moved across the Appalachians the Indians began attacking them so Britain created the Proclamation of 1763. Colonists had to stay east of the Appalachians, this angered the Colonists because they considered it tyranny. The French and Indian war doubled the crown’s debt so Britain increased the colonies’ taxes. They heavily taxed items such as tea, glass, paper, and sugar. The colonists weren’t happy because
The American Revolution came about after much conflict with Great Britain. Mostly, the conflict was over taxation that the colonies saw as unfair. You see, the colonies were still under the control of Great Britain, which was ruled by King George the Third. At this point in time Great Britain was in very serious financial debt due to the French and Indian War. The colonies were a fairly large source of not only revenue for Great Britain, but also raw materials. Therefore, they decided to start increasing taxation on the colonies to further increase revenue. This is how it all began.